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Close-up on racism in Quebec: 'I lost part of my life'

Launched in July 2017, Quebec’s on-again off-again commission on systemic racism and discrimination was a political minefield from the outset.<p>Too …

Trump’s new national security adviser wrote a reading list for anyone involved in military affairs

Facing added scrutiny in the wake of his predecessor’s resignation, new National Security Council chief of staff H.R. McMaster will have to learn from Michael Flynn’s mistakes. Fortunately learning is one of his favorite hobbies.<p>In 2012, while commander of the US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence …

National Security
Ancient History

The New X-Plane Flight Sim Is So Ridiculously Detailed, It Even Has Catering Trucks

If you’ve ever suffered a spat of turbulence and wondered how you’d do at the controls of an airliner—who hasn’t?—it's time you took a spin in <i>X-Plane</i> …

Grand Canyon

The best telescopes you can buy

As anyone who has ever peered through a telescope knows, there are few sensations quite like your initial, firsthand look at another astral body. For …

Telescopes

Angela Merkel and the history book that helped inform her worldview

Jürgen Osterhammel’s The Transformation of the World left its mark on the German chancellor, judging by her recent decisions<p>While she was recuperating from a skiing accident in 2013, Angela Merkel picked up a 1,500-page tome on the 19th century by the historian Jürgen Osterhammel called The …

Europe

4 history books that changed my view of the world in 2016

One of the surprising pleasures of approaching middle age is the way that the habits I started to cultivate as a young fogey are becoming more …

Tracking personal health care spending in the US

17 Google products you've never heard of

Most of us have heard of Google's well-publicized moonshots: Self-driving cars, smart contact lenses, internet-beaming balloons, and more.<p>While those products and services sound amazing, most of us can't use them just yet. But the company actually has a bunch of other ones that are incredibly …

Apps

Montreal's best restaurants of 2016

What was the biggest news item on the Montreal restaurant scene in 2016? I’d say the closing of that great Montreal classic, Le Mas des Oliviers. Yet …

A Grand Unified Theory of Physics Really Wishes Protons Would Just Decay Already

For 20 years, physicists in Japan have monitored a 13-story-tall tank of pure water cloistered deep inside an abandoned zinc mine, hoping to see …

Montreal's Snowy Car Crash Intersection Apocalypse Is Ridiculous

It doesn't look like anyone was hurt, so let's watch some dope crashes guilt-free.<p>Winter is coming, and with it comes hazardous driving conditions. …

Snowplows

This Video Confirms All Your Worst Fears About Driving in the Snow

Drivers in Montreal, Canada had a slippery day following a snowfall.<p>Cars, two buses, a police car and plow trucks slid down an icy downtown Montreal …

Canada

Nazi Survivor to the World: Your Silence Helped Hitler

Moris Scheyer’s vivid account of successfully evading the Nazis is finally being published, and the decades have not blunted his anger at those who …